Certified Yoga Therapist
Melynda McCutcheon holds a Masters in Education from Wake Forest University and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Presbyterian College. In 1999 she left teaching to pursue a business career and found herself in a position that felt like home where she began teaching and training the sales force for a Fortune 500 company. It was here that Melynda’s love for teaching took hold.
She is currently working toward her I-AYT certification in yoga therapy which will enable her to work with both one-on-one clients (Completion September 2018) and in group therapy environments (anticipated completion in 2019). Currently she has her 200 RYT yoga teaching certification and will complete her 500 hour training in 2019.
Throughout the years Melynda developed a great passion for understanding the connections between the different parts of our lives...work and home; family and friends; our bodies, minds and emotions. Being a yoga therapist has been the best culmination of her past careers and continues to facilitate deep understanding of these connections (and sometimes disconnections!) and how they affect quality of life.
Yoga Therapy is a holistic healing art. Using age old yogic and modern therapeutic approaches to deepen awareness and presence, we are able to help others accept themselves more fully. Out of this acceptance they are more easily moved to embrace the opportunity for change, growth and enhanced well-being in body, mind, emotions and spirit.
A Yoga Therapy one-on-one session consists of practitioner assisted yoga postures and a dialogue process that is client- centered, open-ended and non-directive. Once clients “drop in” during a session or class they are able to tap into their body as a source of awareness and tap into body wisdom. Neuroscience explains it as experience-based attentional plasticity. When we practice focusing our attention on breath and internal bodily sensations, it changes our brain, strengthening the experiential attention neural pathway. Perceptual experiences are heightened. And, it gets easier to access these pathways and we integrate attention to internal experience into daily life. The goal of this type of therapy is to support people with moving in the direction of a life worth living – a purpose driven and meaningful life experience with less stress and anxiety and with fulfilling work and relationships.